The girls swimming and diving team concluded their season on high note by breaking three school records at state prelims on Friday night. McKenna Jule started the evening by placing 20th in the 50 freestyle just missing her school record by .01. That matched her place from last season in the 100 free. Later in the evening Jule bested her school record in the 100 free for the third straight time in the event. She moved up from 17th place to 14th place making her the first Lady Arabian swimmer to advance to state finals since Ashley Warner in 2004.
The relay teams were up next with Karly Riffey, Sarah Dudley, Emma Robison, and Jule (pictured) competing in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. In the 200 free relay, Pendleton Heights lowered their school record by .34 and moved up three spots to 21st place. To close out the night, the Lady Arabians shattered their school in the 400 free relay dropping 1.28 seconds from their record set at sectionals last week. That performance moved them up four spots to 22nd place.
In her last swim as an Arabian in Saturday’s finals, Jule raced out fast and was in fourth place in the B-final halfway through the race but got out touched at the end by a couple of swimmers to hold on to 6th place in her heat and 14th place overall. Her three points helped Pendleton Heights finish in 39th place.